British Columbia

Liberals promise tax cuts, new programs

The B.C. government is promising to cut taxes, reduce the debt and fund new programs in its budget next month.

The B.C. government is promising to cut taxes, reduce the debt and fund new programs in its budget next month.

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Colin Hansen said the budget will balance all those priorities.

He says that with a growing surplus, the government is able to spend on new programs in health care and education.

"We will be investing in our children through education and child care initiatives," he said. "We'll be investing in the health care system."

Speaking at an open cabinet meeting in Victoria, Hansen added that the government will also look at ways to stay competitive, including program funding and tax incentives.

At the same meeting, the government announced it will increase the funding of transition houses for victims of domestic violence.

NDP MLA Jenny Kwan says while the new money is welcome, it's clearly timed to coincide with the election in May. Kwan says voters won't be fooled.

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